Editors note – I’m on vacation this week, so this one comes from a conversation that took place before I left for Yellowstone National Park.
Apogee Stadium is a familiar site for Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe defensive back Ashton Preston.
Preston spends a whole lot of time in Texas with his aunt, who lives only 20 minutes away from UNT’s campus, and is also close friends with Calvin Minor. The UNT linebacker is a friend of Preston’s cousin.
Those ties made the conversation Preston had with UNT assistant coach Nick Quartaro recently all the more exciting. Quartaro delivered the news that UNT had elected to offer him a scholarship.
“It was a big deal,” Preston said. “It was my first offer and it’s also a school I am familiar with that is close to home.
“I want to go somewhere where my parents can come and see me play.”
While UNT is the first school to offer the 5-11, 180-pound defensive back a scholarship, it likely won’t be the last. Kansas and Louisville are both showing interest. Preston believes both could be on the verge of offering.
Preston started as a junior, when he broke up eight passes and intercepted another.
A solid performance in UNT’s Arlington satellite camp convinced the Mean Green’s staff to offer after months of watching his development.
“I met coach Quartaro when he came to see me in spring ball,” Preston said. “He said they were interested, but he said I needed to see the other coaches.”
The other members of the Mean Green’s staff, including secondary coaches Perry Carter and LaMarcus Hicks liked what they saw. Preston had an offer a short time later.
Preston is taking a closer look at not only UNT’s football program, but also the school’s academic programs since receiving his offer.
“The big thing to me is academics,” Preston said. “I want to go to a school with a good Kinesiology program.”
UNT has just such a program, which could help its cause in the chase to sign Preston that could last for a few more weeks.
“I want to decide by about mid-season after I see what teams are going to offer me a scholarship,” Preston said.
Mean Green blog recruiting series
DB Hayden Davidson, Richland
DB Cade Erwin, Flower Mound Marcus
OL Tyler Moore, Galena Park North Shore
OL Abdul Beecham, Converse Judson
WR Israel Williams, Waco Connally
OL Creighton Barr, Flower Mound Marcus
DB Niko Small, Arlington Bowie——————————–Committed to TCU
OL Shane Block, Yukon, Okla.
OL Ken Marks, Beaumont Central
OL Rowdy Clark, Denton
OL Judd Terry, Denton
CB Jerbrell Lipscomb, Navasota
LB Diamon Cannon, Killeen Shoemaker
DE Sam Miller, Canton
WR Jarvis Baxter, Trinity Valley JC
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC ———————– Committed to Oklahoma State
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
DB Nate Brooks, Whitehouse
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse —————————– Committed to SMU
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins ———— Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.